Stephanie Toliver

Dreaming of new worlds

Dec. 1, 2021

Stephanie Toliver celebrates Black women in science fiction and beyond Stephanie Toliver was an undergraduate studying English education in Tallahassee, Florida, when she discovered a book that changed her life. The novel was Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Published in 1993, the science fiction story follows a young...

Seeking stories

Seeking stories

Dec. 1, 2021

Jen stood in front of her class of ninth grade students at the beginning of our study and asked, “How many of you feel like you’re in charge of writing your own stories? The story of your life?” Students sat in small groups. A few hands went up, but most...


Daring to dream

Dec. 1, 2021

Amid a pandemic and beyond, educators reimagine the future of K–12 schools There has been no such thing as a “normal” year of teaching for up-and-coming educator Diana Bustamante-Aguilar, and she sees that as a good thing. As a student teacher, she joined the masses of educators who protested before...

Tutor reading to children

Essential supports for essential employees

Nov. 4, 2021

New program addresses local educational inequities Laura López’s 14-year-old daughter came home from school puzzled. “You must have talked with my math teacher,” she probed. López had not contacted the teacher, but her daughter’s CU Boulder tutor had. Lexie Van Voorhees, a secondary education student in the CU Boulder School...

Noreen Naseem Rodríguez

Meet Noreen Naseem Rodríguez, our new School of Education faculty

Aug. 30, 2021

At the CU Boulder School of Education, we are excited to announce Noreen Naseem Rodríguez, our newest faculty member who joins our community of educators and learners. Meet her below, and please join us in welcoming her to our school and community.

Cat Flynn

Alumni Connections: Cat Flynn, the food justice advocate

As a student teacher in Denver Public Schools, Cat Flynn (elementary licensure, 2019) fell in love with the community at the historic Denver elementary, Dora Moore Elementary. She also recognized many of her students’ challenges. “I learned so much about the biggest issues that students face both in and outside...

Holly Kirtz

Alumni Connections: Holly Kurtz, the research journalist

As a journalist covering the education beat in Denver, Holly Kurtz (PhDEdu’13) turned to CU Boulder professor and National Education Policy Center Director Kevin Welner many times as an expert source. One fateful conversation changed the trajectory for Kurtz, who went from Welner’s interviewer to advisee in the educational foundations,...

Jonathan Lev

Alumni Connections: Jonathan Lev, the community center director

Jonathan Lev’s career came full circle when he joined the Boulder Jewish Community Center (Boulder JCC) as Executive Director in 2010. While his path to his current position was winding, he credits his CU Boulder teacher education experience as foundational to his work now and experiences along the way. “So...

Claire France and lunches

Alumni Connections: Claire France, the entrepreneur

Cruising along in a vintage van surrounded by the New Zealand landscape, Claire France (elementary education 2019) and her boyfriend began dreaming about their next steps after life as students at CU Boulder. It was no ordinary trip, and France used that experience to plan for an extraordinary way to...


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